Frequently Asked Questions



What events are held during the year?

Navratri / Diwali - Dance to Dandiya, Raas, Garba music. Activities and games for kids. Sweets and snacks are provided.
Bazaar: An opportunity for children to shop in Indian style bazaar and learn some bargaining skills using the languages they are learning.
Annual Day - Children demonstrate what they have learnt throughout the year.
Gurukul Walk - Walk to raise funds for less fortunate children in India.
Picnic/Holi  - Play Indian games, socialize and snacks. Play Holi with "gulal".
 

Do I have to volunteer to enroll my child in Gurukul?

Gurukul requires minimm of 15 hours of volunteer hours per child. This goal can be easily achieved by volunteering for Gurukul events etc. You are not required to volunteer every week.

​Gurukul is run by dedicated parent volunteers. Many of the parents volunteer to be teacher, committee members etc. in addtion to helping with various activities.

How do I add an email address to my student's class email list?

Teachers send out regular emails to a mailing list. All registered parents of each student are members of that mailing list. Please check your email ids on the family profile page.

 
  1. Please visit Gurukul site http://web.gurukul-wa.org/
  2. Click on the 'Class Site', it will prompt you for sign-in if not already signed-in.
  3. In the Left navigation section, Please find link for 'Family Profile​'
  4. Please follow the instructions on the Family Profile page to edit the information.

How many kids are in each class?

Class size varies depending on the level and age group. The number of kids can be between 12 and 22 per class. There are 3 teachers in each class to keep a very healthy ratio.

How much homework should I expect every week?

Gurukul students should expect an average of 30 minutes of homework every week. In order for the child to get the maximum benefit of attending Gurukul, we highly encourage that parents follow up to make sure homework is done regularly, and the child has adequate quality time available to do their homework.

Is the contribution tax deductible?

Gurukul is a not-for-profit organization registered with State of Washington and
Tennessee. It is also a 501 (c)3 organization registered with IRS. A good faith estimate of the value of goods and services provided is $50 per student.

 

Please consult with your tax advisor about tax deduction for your specific situation. In general, contribution minus $50 per student is deductible.

Microsoft Donation Matching: How to submit a Donation matching request to Microsoft

1. Go to http://give

2. Search for a Cause and enter "Gurukul"

3. Select Gurukul, WA and Click on "Request a Match"

4. Select "Cash" as donation type, donation amount, estimated match, donation date and confirm.​

Amount: Enter $275 if you have one child or $500 for two children.

For time matching, select "Track Time" in step 3. Enter details and confirm​

What are attendance requriements?

​70% attedance is requried for child to be promoted to next level.

India trip is not counted as absence as we consider it as cultural education.  Do inform the class teachers about your India trip.

What is the common routine of the classes?

For Gujarati, Marathi and Kannada Language classes:

 
9:45 AM - Parents drop off children in assembly area for assembly.
9:50 AM - Assembly. teachers tke children to classrooms.
10:00 AM – Classes begin. Teachers take children to classrooms.
12:15 Noon – Classes end. Parents pick up children from classrooms.

 
For Hindi Language Classes: 

 
10:45AM - Parents drop kids to Commons area.
10:50 AM - Hindi Assembly. Teachers take children to classrooms. 
11:00 AM - Hindi Classes starts.
01:15PM - Hindi classes end. Parents pick up kids from classroom.

 

What is the timing for the classes?

Gujarati & Marathi classes in BC (North Campus)

9:30 Am – 12:00 AM

Assembly in Commons at IHS for Hindi & Kannada

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Hindi & Kannada classes at IHS

11:00 AM – 1:15 PM

​Note: Please see calendar for Gurukul holiday schedule.

When does the Gurukul session start and end?

Gurukul session generally begins the second Sunday, after Labor Day, in September.  The classes are conducted most every Sunday through May of the following year. Please view the calendar for more detailed schedule of classes.

Where are the Gurukul classes held?

Hindi and Kannada  classes are held at Interlake High School in Bellevue.

 

Address:
Interlake High School,
16245 NE 24ths Street,
Bellevue, WA 98008


 

Gujarati and Marathi classes are held at Bellevue College-North Campus in Bellevue.

 
Address:
Bellevue College - North Campus

14673 NE 29th Place,

Bellevue, WA 98007


 



 

Who teaches the classes?

Please see calendar for Gurukul holiday schedule."

Can I register for "Language Only" or "Culture Only" class?

​No. Gurukul provides an integrated program of one language and culture.  You can choose one of the language offered at Gurukul, culture comes as a part of the program.

Can I register my child in the middle of the Gurukul session?

Gurukul does do not accept new children in middle of the session as it is difficult for child to adjust to the class. It also impacts the class which is already in progress.

Can I register my child in two language?

​No. We do not offer registration in multiple languages. We believe that learning one language and culture is a lot of  work for young children. 

How can I get more information related to Registration?

Please visit Gurukul Pre-Registration page for more information:
https://gurukulweb.azurewebsites.net/Home/PreRegistrationClosed
You can email to info@gurukul-wa.org for questions.​

How can I register my child to attend Gurukul classes?

You need to pre-register your child for Gurukul classes at the following link https://gurukulweb.azurewebsites.net/Home/PreRegistrationClosed. 

By pre-registering your child is placed in the waiting list for the next session. You will be contacted to create a Gurukul Account which is followed by notification to register your child. Registration depends on space availability and number of teaching volunteers.

How old must my child be enroll in Gurukul?

The child must be 5 years old by August 31st, of the session year.

How the current students enrolled to subsequent year?

Current students registration are open sometime in March, they are notified via email.  To complete the registration they need to logon to Gurukul website and follow the instructions on the home page. 
Registration is considered complete after the donation is paid.

Late Registration Fee

Gurukul will charge a late registration fee of $100 for any late registration requests in which we can accommodate. Additionally this will also be applied to existing registered students who has not completed the registration by end of the registration close date.

My kid is waitlisted for next year, will he/she definitely get in?

  • Make sure you pre-register the kids for next year, if the current year registrations are closed.
  • We process the waitlists after we complete the registration of existing students and siblings, depending on the vacancy left at that time.
  • We will send the invitation for waitlisted students around April/May.
  • Registration is first come first serve when it opens.
  • We do NOT know how many spots will be open next year.

Request for Class re-assignments

Gurukul class assignment is done based on student distribution according to age and gender.
Regarding the class change:
We do class changes on case by case basis.
The valid reasons could be:
Medical/ allergy conditions Teachers request/ recommendations Class size leveling (By Gurukul admin) We do not allow class change for:
My kid needs to be with his/ her friends My kid wants or does not want a particular teacher

What are different Enrollment Status and how they progress?

Student Enrollment status will be processed as follows during the enrollment/re-enrollment process

1. 'Registration Pending' would mean that the information is received and the student is waitlisted. Returning students re-enrolling will be enrolled provided the donation is received by the due date per Gurukul's email.
2. 'Waiting Payment' would mean that the new student is enrolled and awaiting payment.
3. 'Waiting class assignment' would mean that the payment is received and is awaiting class assignment. Returning student who have paid will go directly to this status.
4. 'Registered' would mean that the student is enrolled, payment received and is assigned to a class. There will be a class number in the Class Room column.
5. 'Deactivated/Cancelled' When the parents request the child be dis-enrolled from Gurukul class.

What is the cost structure for attending Gurukul?

The contribution amount for the 2018-19 session is $300 per student for the entire year. The contribution for each additional student from the same family is $275.  Gurukul is run by parent volunteers. The contribution covers the cost of renting the space, materials and events. Contribution for the full year is taken during registration.

Contribution should be paid online during registration.

What is the refund policy?

Refund is issued up to 6/30. The refund amount is $250 for one student and $475 for two students. $50/per student is deducted as administration fee.

 

There will be no refunds after 6/30. No exceptions.

When does Gurukul Registration start?

Gurukul accepts pre-registration requests via Online Registration System in October.
Please note that Pre-registering your child will only place them on the wait list and does not guarantee admission. This enables us to notify you when Gurukul opens registration.
Gurukul generally holds an official registration event between March and May. We will publish the registration dates on the website and communicate the information to all who pre-registered in our Online System.

Why is my child in KG when Level 1 used to be the starting level

​Starting academic year 2018-19 Gurukul has introduced Kindergarten program as the beginning level for all 5 year old students. After many years of observation and analysis we concluded that 5 year old students, who are also in KG in their public school program, are not ready for the rigour of Level 1 currlculum and need a year of settling in, easy and interactive curriculum with more activity and playschool format and NO WRITING in the curriculum. 

This also aligns our grade level scheme with the Public School system. 

6-under 8 year old new registrations will still go directly to Level 1 and 8+ into the accelerated 1-2 program.

KG Curriculum will include lots of vocabulary building, learning games and activities, spoken language and culture curriculum customized for the young ones. . The KG program is significantly different from PreK program (if your child has gone through that already) and Level 1 program that they will be going into next year.

The program was announced in New Parent Meeting in January 2018. There is NO TESTING or exceptions made to the age cut-off for the students to be moved directly into Level 1 at this point.

Will I get confirmation email back?

​​No. You could login and check the status of the student. Gurukul Administration will send email for meetings and for next action required with the due date.

Can a Gurukul Student get Foreign Language Test credits at High School

​Yes. If you are a Hindi and Gujarati Language student there is testing available at various School Districts that you can take and get credits that suffice the Foreign Language requirements for High School and College.

  1. Most school districts in the Seattle and greater Seattle area are now offering these tests in the schools and they are either at no-cost or very low cost to the tester.

a)       STAMP TEST:

https://avantassessment.com/stamp4s

https://avantassessment.com/stamp4s/benchmarks-rubric-guide

https://avantassessment.com/stamp4s/test-taker-parent-guide

 

b)      ALTA TEST: (Available for Hindi and Gujarati languages)

https://www.altalang.com/language-testing/

https://www.altalang.com/language-testing/speakinglisten/

https://www.altalang.com/language-testing/reading/

https://www.altalang.com/language-testing/writing/

 

You have to contact the school district or your HIGH SCHOOL to take these tests. The dates are published on their sites. You have to be in High School to take the test.

Preparing for the Test:

1. If you are a Gurukul student, all the way to Level 6, the curriculum provides adequate material towards preparing the student to take this test. 

2. If you are a YB student, enrol in the YB - Deep Se Deep Jale project to continue learning language and culture (in language) to keep yourself in touch with the language. This will also prepare you for the test you may take in March and later test dates.


Gurukul is willing to provide guidance and material to their alumni students to also prepare for this test at home.​


How do I get a class attendance, contact and allergy list?

All the teachers should be able to Sign-In at (http://gurukul-wa.org​) and navigate to Teachers corner. On the top right there is a link "Student Reports". This will take you to a page where you can get latest student reports that include:
Student Attendance Student Parents Contact Student Allergies

How do I view my child's evaluation report?

Please visit Gurukul site https://gurukulweb.sharepoint.com/pages/myHomePage.aspx.
You will be required to sign-in using your Gurukul account. Once logged in, click on the 'Class Site'. 
In the Student Information Section, click on the 'Go to Class Page'
​Please scroll down to find a 'Evaluation Report' button, Please click on it.



How can I help?

Volunteering Opportunities
You can volunteer in many ways to help run Gurukul. Here are some opportunities. Send mail to volunteer@gurukul-wa.org with your interest.
1. Hindi Teacher: Teaches Hindi language to a class.
2. Gujarati Teacher: Teaches Gujarati language to a class.
3. Marathi Teacher: Teaches Marathi language to a class.
4. Culture Teacher: Teaches cultural education to a class.
5. Events Committee: You can help with planning and execution of various events such as Diwali, Annual Day, Picnic/Holi and Summer Camp.
6. Cultural Committee: You can help develop and enrich Gurukul cultural syllabus and material.
7. Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi Committees: You can assist with revising the syllabus throughout the year by getting feedback from teachers and parents. You can also help figure out the best way to help our children with conversations. More detailed information will be available on Gurukul website soon.
8. Operations: You can help running daily Gurukul operations as well as taking care of supplies.
9. IT: Help automating various Gurukul processes, maintain and enhancement to the website and registration apps, etc.
10. HR: Help with volunteer recruitement, onboarding, recognition, training, surveys etc.
 
The details of the volunteering opportunities along with categories are available when you register your child and you should sign up for volunteering along with child registration. This helps us contact you for volunteering needs.